Consulting Services (Individual): Consultancy to Develop a Framework for Establishing Agribusiness Learning Alliances

Consulting Services: Consultancy to Develop a Framework for Establishing Agribusiness Learning Alliances
Activity Ref No: TetfundARIFA Project/Activity 1.2.10
Procurement Ref: FARA/TETFUND/ARIFA/CS/IC/2022/01
Date: Monday, July 04, 2022


  1. The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) is implementing the Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA). Under this partnership, TETFund supports Nigerian scientists’ training in a tailor-made postgraduate (MSc/Ph.D.) degree program in various fields of sciences related to agriculture at Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)-Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil. With the expansion of the program to broader areas of learning and the development of a model for its scaling in other countries, the science-business nexus of the program shall depend on a robust strategy that feeds into its Innovation Platform component. FARA and its partners, recognize that: (a) strong engagement of agribusinesses in agriculture research and innovation is a condition for improved performance of the agriculture research system; (b) the linkages between agricultural research and agribusiness in Africa are weak; and (c) strengthening these linkages is an important pathway for enhancing the development outcomes of research. Therefore, the establishment of alliances for strengthening innovation platforms by increasing research on business linkages is essential.

As such, FARA draws from the lessons learned through the implementation of University Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation (UniBRAIN), Programme for Accompanying Research and Agricultural Innovation (PARI), and Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) to establish Agri-Business Learning Alliances (ABLA). These alliances will help facilitate the linkage of ARIFA fellows with the Brazil-Africa Agribusiness & Innovation Network (BRAIN) through establishing a national and a regional Agribusiness Learning Alliance. An Agribusiness Learning Alliance seeks to facilitate the process of establishing and strengthening strategic linkages among the private sector, researchers, civil society and extensionists. This sets an environment to identify and define market issues around the innovation, link innovation to specific developmental pathways and create profitable businesses for improved farmer livelihoods. The ARIFA ABLA will be mirrored based on the Viçosa model of Junior Business Group (JBUG).

Consequently, FARA is seeking the service of a high-level consultant to facilitate the development of a Framework for Establishing Agribusiness Learning Alliances.

  1. The central objective of this assignment is to develop a framework for establishing Agribusiness Learning Alliances and package training materials while considering the inclusion of women and youth entrepreneurs. The concept will use the Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) approach to connect, build capacity, and co-create with partners and stakeholders.
  2. This request for expression of interest aims at engaging a consultant to carry out the following functions:
    1. Collect and review the capacity gap assessment report and ARIFA documents for establishing Agribusiness Learning Alliances.
    2. Contribute to conceptualization/design of a framework for establishing Agribusiness Learning Alliances.
    3. Develop a framework for establishing Agribusiness Learning Alliances.
    4. Develop slide decks alongside the ABLA framework for capacity-building of key stakeholders.
    5. Facilitate a forum with key stakeholders for awareness creation and sensitization.

The detailed terms of reference is in the link below:

  1. The Executive Director of FARA invites interested consultants to express interest in carrying out this assignment.
  1. Consultants interested in this call must provide an Expression of Interest no longer than 10 pages, outlining proposed methodologies, references related to the execution of similar contracts, experience in similar areas, or evidence of knowledge and a proposed timeline. Brochures, CVs, and other supplementary materials submitted shall not be accounted for as part of the 10-page limit.
  1. The anticipated period of performance for this consultancy is 20 man-days spread over two months (1st August 2022 to 30th September 2022).
  1. The individual consultant shall be selected based on procedures defined in the Procurement Guidelines of FARA.
  1. Interested consultants may obtain further information from FARA’s Agribusiness Expert, Karen Munoko [[email protected]], and copy the Procurement Expert, Mr. Callistus Achaab [[email protected]], during the following hours: 9h00 to 16h00 GMT.


Please download the Terms of Reference below, for further information on this opportunity.

TOR – Framework for Establishing Agribusiness Learning Alliances

  1. Expressions of Interest should be submitted electronically to [[email protected]] and addressed to Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA, No 7 Flower Avenue, New Achimota, Mile 7, Accra, Ghana, no later than Monday, 18th July 2022, at 14h00 GMT. Tel: +233 302 772823/744888
  1. FARA Affirmative Action Statement on Recruitment: there is no discrimination based on gender race, religion, ethnic orientation, disability, or health status.


Executive Director of FARA

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